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Hanna Hall: Keeping constructive in quarantine

Clara Kasik, Staff Reporter

May 16, 2020

On a normal day, you might find Hanna Hall on the field hockey field, at SCA, or hanging out with her friends. But these are not normal times. So what has Freshman Hanna Hall been up to these past few weeks in quarantine? When it comes to creating new routines, freshman Hanna Hall has mastered ...

Mr. Singer: A quarantine Q&A

father and child in a mirror

Charlie Adams, Staff Reporter

May 16, 2020

Students are not alone in undergoing changes associated with new online teaching and quarantine. Teachers are also having to adapt and get creative when it comes to organizing class and supporting their students. Here’s history and TOK teacher Mr. Singer’s take on quarantine life: Holding b...

Mrs. Lietzen: Day by day, stitch by stitch

In quarantine, Mrs. Lietzen keeps busy and creative by embroidering. (Photo courtesy of Kelsey Lietzen)

Eva Williams, Staff Reporter

May 4, 2020

While names roll into the sidebar of the Big Blue Button conferences, English teacher Mrs. Lietzen likes to chat with her students about how they’ve been doing and keeping themselves busy. She’ll smile on her video cam at their responses and rotate her camera to show her dog, Harper. It’s ...

Ashley Zigler: Finding joy in uncertainty

Girl walks her dog

Sequoia Wyckoff, Features Editor

April 20, 2020

On Wednesday, I got a letter in the mail - a card from junior Ashley Zigler, in big flair-pen handwriting. On the back was a printed out meme about the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen, a cooking YouTube Channel she loves. I laughed out loud - somehow, even in quarantine and amidst all the uncertainty, Ashley...

Izzy Anderson: An artist at heart

Girl stands in hallway

Eva Williams, Staff Reporter

January 16, 2020

When I told friends that I was worried I wouldn’t recognize junior Izzy Anderson when she came into the library for our interview, they assured me that I would. “Curly-ish hair, earbuds in, cool style,” they said. All three boxes were checked. Izzy entered the library swaying her head side to ...

Synch or Swim: Emma Tice-Kepner

Synch or Swim: Emma Tice-Kepner

Megan Clinton, Staff Reporter

May 24, 2019

I’ve known freshman Emma Tice-Kepner since she moved into the house across the street from mine in 2015. When we met for the first time, I vaguely remember talking about her family and interests, but I will never forget when she brought up how she does competitive synchronized swimming. Emma Tice...

Mustang Insider 2018

Mustang Insider Collage

Editorial Board

April 26, 2018

Welcome to the Mustang Insider - the Lasso's annual profile series. This year, we take a deeper look at some of the people in our school community whose stories inspire and entertain us. Click on an image below to explore the series. Leave us comments! Photos and photo editing by Tenzin Namgyel Photo collag...

Soccer versus school: Cole Hellert

Soccer versus school: Cole Hellert

Evan Jones, News Editor

April 26, 2018

It’s 25 degrees outside and snowing. The snow rages and with little signs of it letting up. School is cancelled. Most students would take this opportunity to curl up in bed for at least a few more hours. However, as I quickly learned through my conversation with him, sophomore Cole Hellert is diffe...

Pushing limits one photo at a time: Tenzin Namgyel

Pushing limits one photo at a time: Tenzin Namgyel

Anna Tarter, News Editor

April 26, 2018

When most  people think of a tool, they imagine a hammer or wrench. Nationally recognized photographer and senior at George Mason Tenzin Namgyel on the other hand, views his trusty camera as just as valuable. “Everytime I pick up a camera, I get a nice familiar feeling. It’s the same as if you...

14.6k and counting: Nicole Bloomgarden

14.6k and counting: Nicole Bloomgarden

Sierra Sulc, Editor-in-Chief

April 26, 2018

I don’t know about you, but for me, 14.6k followers on Twitter is an impressive number, to say the least. However, for senior Nicole Bloomgarden, her follower count is not that interesting. As she stretched out across the small set of steps at the end of the senior hallway, Nicole struggled to pinpoint interesting aspects of her life.  She pointed out her love for video ma...

Ms. Rafique: Tough Teacher, Animal Softie

Lady on horse

Sarah Lambert, Features Editor

November 17, 2017

After their first class with newly arrived science teacher Ms. Kishwar Rafique, students were a little intimidated. Rafique has a strong personality and she tells it like it is. She warned her freshmen, for example, that if they didn’t stay on top of their work, failure should be expected. But many st...

Addison Rasmussen, 17 and already a business owner

A boy holding a phone

Melissa Boyle

October 13, 2017

Junior Addison Rasmussen is notorious throughout the school for his intelligence and talent when it comes to technology.   "He's a good guy. He's really intelligent when it comes to computers and he's a really social person all in all," junior Matthew Ng said. Even before I really knew Rasmuss...

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